Throw … under the Bus

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In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers“, let’s take a look at this expression: Throw (someone) under the Bus

What does “throw (someone) under the bus” mean? 
  • to betray someone you know to save oneself 
  • to criticize or blame someone in order to gain an advantage 
  • to do something harmful to someone else for self-benefits 
How to use it? 
  • The “someone” in this idiom is usually someone you know — a friend, acquaintance,  colleague or partner. 
  • Instead of “throw”, you can also use “push” or “shove”, but “throw” is more commonly used. 
Examples: 
  • Be careful! He will throw you under the bus if this project fails. 
  • When things get ugly, she always finds someone to throw under the bus. 

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References: 

https://www.merriam-webster.com/

https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/

https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/

https://www.theidioms.com

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